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Posted Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Two hardworking sisters, who moved to the Hub eight years ago from Haiti to create better lives for themselves, were gunned down in a Dorchester apartment they had only recently rented to strike out on their own, police and family said.
“They didn’t do anything. They don’t go out. All they did was work. All they wanted was to live the American Dream,” Wisline Emile, their distraught sister, said yesterday.
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The slain women, Stephanie Emile, 21, and Judith Emile, 23, according to family members, had recently moved to the apartment on Harlem Street in Dorchester.
The younger sister worked at a hospital as a dietary aide, relatives said. The older sister had worked at Wendy’s on American Legion Highway for the past three years. A van full of five of her co-workers arrived at Harlem Street to pay their respects to their slain colleague.
“She was a very nice girl,” said one of the co-workers. “She was very sweet.”
Family members said the two had 11 other brothers and sisters who split their time between Boston and Haiti.
Wisline Emile said her sisters lived in Haiti before moving to Boston in 2003. She said the entire family had lived together at a home on Blue Hill Avenue at various times during the past 27 years.
Wisline Emile said their parents, who are in Haiti on vacation, were notified by police that their daughters were killed, and in turn notified the rest of the family. She said the sisters moved about two months ago when they found a place on their own.
She said the younger sister had a husband in Haiti, whom she married about two years ago. She said her older sister had no boyfriend of which she is aware. She said neither woman had children.
“They put their money together and they got an apartment,” Wisline Emile said. “We grew up together on Blue Hill Avenue.”
Cops said they were called to the Harlem Street apartment building at 9:15 a.m. yesterday for the report of a shooting. Police said when they arrived, they found both victims inside and the pair was pronounced dead. Police said it was too soon to speculate on a motive or suspects.
Wisline Emile said her sisters had no restraining orders against anyone, no known enemies and did not stay out late and party. She said she could not think of anyone who would want to kill them.
“Nobody. Nobody. Nobody. Nobody,” she said. “That’s what I’m trying to understand. They don’t talk to anyone outside their circle of friends. They just work.”
The homicides are the 55th and 56th in the city this year.
Police urged anyone with information to call 617-343-4470. To remain anonymous, call 800-494-8477 or text message the word TIPS to CRIME (27463).
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